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How to Have Joy in 2018

Here are some ways from the Bible to experience joy.  Of course, there are additional ways to experience joy.  What brings you joy?  What will bring you joy in 2018?

Get Loved on by Jesus

  • Isaiah 61:1-3 – The Spirit of the Sovereign Lordis on Jesus (Luke 4), because the Lord has anointed Jesus to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent Jesus to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieveto bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.  Why Jesus?  Among other things – Joy!

Love Jesus More

  • 1 Peter 1:8-9 – Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  You love Jesus more simply by learning about Him and focusing on all He has done.

Learn from Jesus

  • John 15:11 – “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full,” Jesus said. Regularly read Jesus’ teachings in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Bible.  Focus on what brings you joy.

Get into God’s Presence

  • Nehemiah 8:10 – The joy of the Lord is your strength.
  • Psalm 94:19 – Though anxiety is great within, God’s comfort brings joy. God comforts with His Presence, with hope, with restoration, with love from others.
  • Psalm 30:11 – God turns your wailing into dancing; He removes your discomfort and clothes you with joy. The season of looking to God, trusting Him and seeking Him may be a long one.  Don’t give up in the long seasons of hurt and struggle and pain.  Joy will be restored.
  • Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord our God is with you. He is mighty to save.  He takes great delight (joy) in you.  He quiets you with His love.  He rejoices over you with loud singing.

Keep Returning to God’s Presence

  • Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed (redeemed, rescued) of the Lord shall return and come to the place of worship with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away

Respond to the Holy Spirit’s Presence and Leading

  • Romans 14:17 – For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
  • Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…

Place Your Hope in all that is Good, Right and True

  • Proverbs 10:28 – The hope of the righteous brings joy.
  • Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Be Grateful for the Struggles

  • James 1:2-4 – Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Express Joy in Prayer and with Gratitude

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   Rejoicing, prayer and gratitude go together.  And they lead to joy!
  • Philippians 4:4-7 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Spread the Love

  • Acts 13:49,52 – And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region…And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.  There is no greater joy than being loved on by God and sharing His love.
  • 1 John 1:1 – 4 – Jesus, from the beginning, who we have seen, who we know, who we testify about and proclaim, who the Father has made known, with whom we have fellowship – We are writing these things so that your joy may be complete.

Kenya Uganda Mission 2018

Your prayers and support are appreciated!

January 20 – 21 – Travel to Nairobi

January 22 – 25 – Ministry in Nairobi – Encouraging, strengthening and teaching believers

January 26 – Travel to Northern Uganda by bus – many hours on a bus.

January 27 – 28 – Visit Refugee Camps – Assist as God leads and provides

January 29 – February 6 – Ministry with MedReach in a village in Northwest Uganda.   Our team of 17 doctors, nurses and missionaries will be running a medical clinic and pastor’s conference, sharing faith and assisting the Jesus Film Project with outreach.

February 6 – 7 – Travel back to the city in Uganda (many more hours on a bus) , fly to Nairobi

February 8 – 9 – Travel back to Atlanta

Help! Too Good to Decide

It is year end.  We have received numerous year-end requests for support from organizations reporting impact of thousands of lives.  You may have received the same.  Lots of good stuff going on out there.   The need and potential impact with our dollars can sometimes be exciting, yet overwhelming.  You may have felt the same.

To help us decide where to give, there are four things that we consider when deciding to send support.  This is our heart:

  • Is what they are doing in line with our heart to see people come to Christ and grow in their relationship with Christ? Especially among unreached people groups.  Are they doing that?  There are a lot of Christian based organizations that are doing a lot of good, but never talk about Jesus.
  • Do we know them personally? We believe God puts relationships together.  Although we always wish we could see you more!
  • Do they stay in touch regularly (including expressing gratitude)?
  • Is the Holy Spirit leading us to give?

If we answer yes to these questions, then we give.  And we believe giving in such a matter makes a difference.  A gift given with God’s leading and in love is always the right amount.

What is your heart?  As you listen to your heart through the leading of the Spirit, you will know where to give.

Impact and Numbers

How much impact does an organization make with those dollars?   It depends on how they define impact.  The Refuge exists to make a deeper impact through discipleship.  We believe that anyone who has the love of the Father, the grace of Jesus, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit will be more equipped to pursue all that God has for them.

Life-change is unmeasurable.  We cannot report that we saw someone have a 20% increase in their walk with Christ, or anything like that.   That would be unrealistic.  Even someone coming to Christ, which we have seen, does not necessarily mean they will thrive in their relationship with God.   A growing relationship with God takes some effort.  All we can say is we have seen the result of life-change:  people finding hope, loving more, forgiving and being forgiven, giving back and going on mission trips.  We are seeing kids from tough home situations making wise choices.   To us, that is impact.  Yes, it’s unmeasurable.  But God is real and alive and active and He is working in The Refuge.

So may we simply encourage you to continue to be sensitive to God’s leading in how he would have you be involved with the relationships that have crossed your path.  As you do that, you will help make an impact.  And if you’d like to give to The Refuge, the information is below and your gift will be received with grateful hearts.

We are Grateful! 

Thanks to the many who have prayed for, volunteered with, encouraged and supported The Refuge!  We are grateful for the great year-end giving to The Refuge that is happening!

In 2017, we impacted hundreds of lives with the love and grace of God and the message of Jesus’ reconciliation through mission trips, mentoring and making disciples.  And exited to see those who are, in turn, making a difference in others’ lives.

Grateful in 2017

  • Ongoing ministry to refugee youth and families
  • Weekly mentoring / discipleship groups
  • Ladies Retreat – February 2017
  • Dominican Republic Mission – June 2017
  • New Mexico Mission – June 2017
  • Worldview Leadership Camp – June 2017
  • 7th Annual Beach Retreat – July 2017
  • Discipling young men to be disciple makers
  • God has met all our financial needs!

Munda’s Dominican Republic Report

 

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you very much for having the heart and the generosity to contribute to my Dominican Republic mission trip.  The mission trip to Sanchez, Dominican Republic was fun, exciting, spiritual, adventurous and hot. Most importantly, God’s presence was in the mist.  Because of your contribution, prayers and love, I was able see the amazing things that God did and is going to do for the Dominican People over there.

There is a reason for everything.  I can say that one of the reasons God allowed me to go to the Dominican Republic is to show me how I should be grateful for the things that I receive and already have in my life. And to see how others pour out love for one another. God’s love conquers everything.

While I was there, God used the people to show me how to make use of what I have, such as how to turn a broken basketball court that has no rims and a hole in the back board, into something that can still be used to play a fun game of basketball.

Our team ministered to the Dominican people in Sanchez. While we were there, we had Vacation Bible Study with the kids at their school. We taught them some of the stories in the Bible such as Noah and the flood and Jonah and the whale.  Thanks be to God that we had Ms. Kim, one of the leaders who knew Spanish to translate everything for us.  Even though the language was a barrier, just showing love to the kids and the adults brought happiness to their faces as well as ours. We also helped build a house for the pastor of Sanchez. He kept us healthy and safe. It was a blessing.

Before going to the Dominica Republic, I had the intention that I was going to impact lives more than anything.  However, they did more of the impacting in my life.  We saw God continually do amazing things throughout the week we were there.

This trip strengthened my faith and trust in God. What I witnessed being done in the Sanchez was something only God could do. I know that God has great plans for my brothers in the Dominican Republic. I am glad He used me and everyone that went on the trip.   Again, thank you so much for your generous support. May God, bless you!

 

Dominican Republic and New Mexico Missions Update

God truly blessed us during our mission trips to New Mexico and the Dominican Republic! Students were encouraged by witnessing God’s works and learned about ways the can be used by God in serving others.

Dominican Republic

We sent three young men – Micah, Munda and Yolian, – to the Dominican Republic to serve with a team from Georgia.  One of the young men on the Dominican Republic trip said, “Being in the Dominican Republic was an amazing experience, we worked on a house for a pastor while we were there.  Even though we worked in the heat all day it felt good to be able to contribute to the people of the Dominican Republic and spread God’s love.”   All men came back encouraged by the trip and are stepping into other opportunities to serve.

   

New Mexico

We took 7 youth to serve on an Indian Reservation in New Mexico.  Our team helped build a porch on the house where mission teams stay while serving on the Indian Reservation.  The team also assisted the kids camp for Native American children and helped feed the homeless.  Homelessness is widespread on and around the reservation.   Scott had the privileged of sharing in both a Navajo church and at the feeding of the homeless.   This was a growing experience for our team.  They said they loved serving others and enjoyed serving God by bringing smiles to peoples faces.  They look forward to next opportunity to serve.

 

     

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